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Marcus Mariota brings high risks as well as high rewards to NFL draft

Marcus Mariota brings high risks as well as high rewards to NFL draft

INDIANAPOLIS — At the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York two months ago, Marcus Mariota was celebrated as college football's best player, a driven and dynamic leader who had propelled Oregon to 36 victories during his 41 college starts at quarterback. Mariota proved worthy of the praise heaped upon him that night, particularly during a season in which he threw 42 touchdown passes against just four interceptions while pushing his team into the national championship game. And given Mariota's thankful personality, it came as little surprise that the spread-offense quarterback handled his coronation with humility. "You have to give thanks to everybody who got you...

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